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Five Rainy Day Meal Ideas
When it’s pouring rain outside, it’s natural to feel kind of “blah”. You certainly don’t want to have to leave the house to go to the supermarket, have dinner at a restaurant or pickup takeout.
You might be tempted to call and order pizza, but the pizza delivery driver probably doesn’t want to go out in the rain any more than you do. Why not give him or her a break and pull together a meal from your own refrigerator, pantry or freezer the next time you’re wondering what to have for dinner when the weather is yucky?
Five Meal Ideas for Rainy Days
1. Breakfast for Dinner
When it’s gloomy outside a stack of pancakes with a side of bacon just might be the perfect meal to prepare. Other options for “breakfast for dinner” include omelets, waffles, eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, grits, oatmeal, toast, biscuits, English muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, cold cereal and more.
2. Sandwich Night
Consider pulling all of the sandwich “fixings” that you have out of the refrigerator and pantry and placing them on your kitchen counter or table. Letting the other members of your household “go to town” with what’s available, putting together their own sandwiches for dinner. You can even turn this into a fun contest, offering some type of prize or reward for the most creative or unique sandwich (of course, requiring the winner to actually eat what he or she creates!).
3. Finger Foods
Raid your pantry and refrigerator to see what kinds of finger foods you have on hand. You probably have more options on hand than you would expect. Enjoy a fun meal of tasty appetizers and snacks such as cheese and crackers, peanut butter and crackers, tuna salad and crackers, raw veggies with dip, fresh fruit, cheese dip with tortilla chips or corn chips, your favorite type of chips paired with salsa salsa, nachos (be creative with toppings), popcorn and more. Munching on these types of goodies while watching a movie or playing a board game can be great fun on a rainy evening.
4. Raid the Freezer
If you sometimes prepare make-ahead freezer meals or if you often freeze leftover sauce, chili soup or stew dishes, chances are that there’s something tasty in the freezer that you’ll be able to simply thaw, heat and serve. If there’s nothing there right now, take advantage of the current rainy day to prepare some easy meals that freeze well to have on hand for the next time you’re searching for rainy day meal ideas. Get everyone involved for a fun rainy day activity.
5. Slow Cooker Meals
If you’re going to be stuck at home all day because of the rain, why not enjoy the aroma of a delicious meal simmering in your slow cooker while you’re there? Put on a pot of slow cooker pulled pork, sausage and bean chili, or an herbed pot roast in the morning and enjoy a comforting, nourishing meal in the evening.
What Suggestions Do You Have?
These are just a few fun – and easy – rainy day meal ideas that you may want to try. What suggestions do you have for preparing and enjoying delicious, comforting meals inside when it’s wet and nasty outside? Share your ideas in the comments section below!